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Welcome to The Listening Centre blog!  Our aim is to keep you up to date on what we are doing, who we help, what we are thinking about and reading, and what we are inspired by.

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How will we keep them busy?

With kids being off from school, many are asking, HOW WILL WE KEEP THEM BUSY? Well, below is a link with a list of ideas on how to keep yourself and / or the young ones in your family engaged and entertained. Online Activites To Keep... Read More

The Listening Centre- December 2019 Newsletter

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Excerpt from Neil Young's Article featured in The New York Times

Excerpt From Neil Young Article The New York Times Read More

The Divided Brain: Press Release

Divided Brain Press Release Cbc Documentary Channel Premiere Read More

International Day of Charity- Donation for Sister Barbara Paleczny's The prayer that Barbara posts at the end of her emails will give you an idea of the environment she has chosen to call home, “Lord, protect us from malaria, mosquitoes,... Read More

Milijana's Experience at The Listening Centre

There simply are not enough words to describe the goodness of this place. If you, the parent or a potential adult client, wonder ever for one moment "should I do this" - go for it! The unconditional support and amazing outcomes are nothing... Read More

Celine's Experience at The Listening Centre

I arrived at The Listening Centre, exhausted and stressed out, having dragged my kids across the Atlantic, the previous night. Being the mother of an extra-need kid, is tiresome, challenging and lonely. Your wellbeing and a need for... Read More

John's Story

"The program at the Listening Centre is nothing short of fantastic. I have suffered grief from dyslexia for over 72 years. Within just a few days at the centre, the difference in my listening was remarkable. Within two weeks I could hear... Read More

Second Language Acquisition

This application is based on Tomatis’ discovery that all ethno-linguistic groups have their own auditory spectrum which is limited to the specific sounds (phonemes) of their own language. Learning a new language implies an... Read More


Summer is coming… School will be over soon! Time for kids to go out to play, bike and run. Read more what experts say about physical activity and cognitive functions. “ Clearly, catching a ball involves the brains motor... Read More

The Listening Centre for the very young

Parents of children who will be starting nursery school or kindergarten this coming fall are likely in the midst of registering them for this new step in life. Some parents may be concerned that their children aren't ready yet. Here at The... Read More

The Miracle Child

The Passionate Eye has a very interesting episode about a child missing 98% of his brain at birth, who has actually grown it back. His brain is amazing. He is a medical mystery - but to those of us here at The Listening Centre who've seen... Read More

Interview with Dr. Norman Doidge on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

TVO replayed The Agenda with Steve Paikin's interview with Dr. Norman Doidge on his book, "The Brain's Way of Healing", on January 2, 2019. We recommend seeing the interview - even if you've seen it before! - just because it is so... Read More

Why Do We Love Music?

Happy New Year! Did you ever wonder why it is that human beings love music so much? Although it is not important from an evolutionary perspective, like eating and sleeping, why do we respond so strongly to these sound patterns? This... Read More

Six Ways You Can Help Build Your Child's Self-Esteem

At The Listening Centre we see many people who benefit from our treatment in a number of ways. Our aim is always to help them get more out of life than they were getting before. Something that often suffers if a child is behind in school... Read More

Testimonial: Our Son Heals

Here at The Listening Centre, we treat children and adults for ADHD. This family employed a full multi-disciplinary team, including The Listening Centre, to help their son get past his issues. Congratulations to this family on their... Read More

Happy 40th Anniversary to The Listening Centre!

Happy Anniversary to The Listening Centre! This is a guest blog from a grateful parent. Just taking over this space for today. I have known about The Listening Centre for nearly four years, thanks to Dr. Norman Doidge’s “The... Read More

Joyous Health and Favourite Children's Books Blog...

While nutrition is not our specialty at The Listening Centre, we are aware that it has an influence on levels of energy, self-regulation, mood and impulse control as well as focus and attention span of children and adults alike. We... Read More

How Rhythm Builds Focus

Here at The Listening Centre, we've known for a long time about the power of music to heal the brain. It's great to see this shown again in this article. Great... Read More

Things that parents of children with AHD wished every teacher knew

Now that school is back in swing, we suggest this article as a great basis for advocating for your child with ADHD. Not only communicating their needs - also showing off their strengths! Wishing everyone great success this school year from... Read More

Music has impacts on creativity, social interaction and intellect

Music benefits us all, in so many ways. This great article discusses its impact on our creativity, social interaction and intellect. Check it out! https://www.workinentertainmen... Read More

Alex's story

With school starting in a matter of weeks, we think that Alex's story might be inspiring. Read More

Manners Matter!

Learning manners helps your child with ADHD to become more aware of and to focus on the world around them because they are able to realize the impact of their words and actions on others. As well, the structure that manners and etiquette... Read More

The Difference Between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns

For some of our friends at The Listening Centre, the difference between a tantrum and a sensory meltdown is crystal clear! For others, the difference might not be as obvious. Here is a great article to help you know the... Read More

Empathetic people appear to process music differently

It looks like empathetic people process music differently than non-empathetic people. In empathetic people, listening to familiar and beloved music appears to be processed as if it were a social interaction with another human being. More... Read More

Internet Gaming - A Diagnosable Disorder or a Bad Habit?

The World Health Organization has made "internet gaming" a diagnosable disorder, but a number of experts would argue this idea. What's your opinion? This New York Times article discusses it: Read More

Build Your Body, Build Your Brain!

Have a look at this great article by John Ratey, MD. Here at The Listening Centre, we like to point out the importance of physical exercise for many different challenges that our clients have - both young and older. Dr Ratey gives some... Read More

Happy Summer! Creating a summer schedule for your child with ADHD

Wishing you a very happy summer! Here at The Listening Centre, we like to try and provide a little extra support for our clients with their varying challenges. Here, we offer an article about creating a summer schedule for your child with... Read More


Thanks to Dr. Shawna Darou for sharing this great footage of her son, whose balance and coordination has improved after his first intensive! Great flossing! Read More

How to make friends with someone who has autism

This is an excellent documentary from CBC Docs. We also like the points on how to make friends with an autistic person listed here. Great advice for anyone reaching out to a family member or a potential friend on the... Read More

Why Music Makes Us Shiver

Here at The Listening Centre, we know music. But what is it exactly that gives a piece of music its character, and what more is taking place within our brains when we process sounds? A cool article on this topic from The Dana... Read More

Without an Ear: A painting and poem inspired by Paul's book, "When Listening Comes Alive"

Here at The Listening Centre, we were amazed when a 12-year-old read Paul Madaule's book, "When Listening Comes Alive", and, inspired, wrote a poem and made this beautiful painting. We really believe she's captured the essence of The... Read More

Listening and the Acquisition of a New Language

Learning a new language requires the ability of the auditory system to attune to the sounds of the new language (phonemes) and new combinations of these phonemes at a rapid pace. There is a window of opportunity for language acquisition in... Read More

Publication in U of T's Undergraduate Psychology Journal

One of our wonderful, dedicated therapists, Melanie Santhikumar, has recently had a paper published in the University of Toronto's Inkblot: The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology, called "Music to my Ears: The Listening Centre in... Read More

Sound stimulation and regulation in children

Here at The Listening Centre, we recognize that listening training has a regulating effect in children. Our director, Paul Madaule, has written on this subject. Here is an overview of how The Listening Centre's approach impacts children... Read More

Check it out! "Sonic Magic" - The Nature of Things

Here at The Listening Centre, we like The Nature of Things with Dr. David Suzuki. This particular episode, "Sonic Magic", shows surprising qualities of sound and, among other uses, how it is becoming increasingly recognized as a tool to... Read More

Ontario's Autism Strategy - submit your questions

Some of The Listening Centre's friends might be interested in Autism Data's request for questions to ask the Ontario government. There is a chance to add your voice to the discussion and keep autism on the agenda in our province. They are... Read More

Testimonial: Our 7-year-old son's listening experience

We were introduced to the Listening Centre after reading Norman Doidge’s wonderful book, The Brain’s Way of Healing. For years we had been seeking help for our son who suffered from a speech delay, daily tantrums, screaming, and... Read More

“Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome”

April is Autism Awareness Month! Here at The Listening Centre, we like a book called “Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome” by Clarabelle van Niekerk and Liezl Venter. Sam is a boy with behaviours common among children with... Read More

The Ear, the Vestibular System & Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month - here is Paul on the ear and the vestibular system, as related to autism: The ear does more than pick up sound information. The inner ear is made of the cochlea, the sense of hearing, and of the... Read More

Autism - the most extreme form of non-listening

When I told Jennie’s mother that, in my opinion, autism is the most extreme form of non-listening, her response was: “but the first thing we did when we detected a problem was to get Jennie’s hearing tested, and it came out perfectly... Read More

"The Child That You Do Have" - Inside Autism

The Child That You Do Have takes us inside autism. It shows us the world through autistic eyes and ears, and takes the viewer through the remarkable therapy, using a combination of auditory stimulation and counseling, which helps them... Read More

It's Auditory Processing Disorder Day!

It's Auditory Processing Disorder Day! Listening and Auditory Processing: The Two Sides of the Same Coin The Ear's Side Listening is the ability to pick up the sound we want and leave out those we don’t want. It is the first... Read More

On Autism Awareness Day, Dr. Norman Doidge's work is more relevant than ever

On Autism Awareness Day, Dr. Norman Doidge's work is more relevant than ever. In his book, "The Brain's Way of Healing", Dr. Doidge examines several non-invasive ways for the brain to unlock its neuroplastic potential and heal itself. Some... Read More

It's Autism Awareness Day!

It's Autism Awareness Day! Here at The Listening Centre, we have worked with hundreds of children with autism over the years and have some insights to share over the next few days. Please have a look at this video, aimed at raising... Read More

Why is Auditory/Listening Training recommended ​before Neurofeedback?

Martha Mack, a psychologist, and her husband George run the Listen and Learn Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The Centre offers an Auditory Training program similar to the Listening Training we offer at The Listening Centre and... Read More

50 Mums/50 Kids/1 Extra Chromosome

In honour of World Down Syndrome Day, we are sharing this wonderful video, 50 Mums/50 Kids/1 Extra Chromosome. Get out the tissues! Read More

It's World Down Syndrome Day!

It's World Down Syndrome Day! Here at The Listening Centre, we help children with Down Syndrome to maximize their potential and give them the tools to make it easier for them do what they like most: to engage and communicate. Here is... Read More

What is Brain Awareness Week?

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an initiative of the Dana Foundation, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide... Read More

Brain Awareness Week: Protect your brain with healthy food choices

Here at The Listening Centre, we are mindful of the fact that, for all ages, diet can play a significant role in the brain's ability to function at an optimal level. This article summarizes some key... Read More
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